Installing a Surface-Mount Door Lock

by Josh on October 30, 2009 · 1 comment

in Projects

Recently, the surface-mount lock on the door from the basement to my tuckunder garage broke. Although this posed a minimal security risk, my peace of mind required taking care of it sooner rather than later.

Old broken lock

This is the kind of project for which I love having easy access to a local hardware store. I can get in without crossing an ocean of parking, get help finding what I need, and get home and back to work in just a few minutes.

So when I stopped in to an area True Value Hardware the other day, I was delighted to see that not only did they stock the style of surface-mount lock I needed for my garage access door, but the lock was on a sale table for half price. Deal scored!

Back at home, I encountered a few hiccups installing my new lock.  The lock cylinder and retaining plate went in without incident, and I saw that I could reuse the old strike plate, but the holes for attaching the lock body to the door had been stripped and oversized by earlier lock installations.  After a brief flirtation with anchoring hardware in the door, I decided to repair the mounting holes with epoxy.

Reversing door latch

I also needed to reverse the direction of the latch to account for the door swinging away from the lock. The lock instructions didn’t indicate whether the latch was reversible, but when unscrewed the back plate of the lock body, I could see that the latch components were, in fact, double sided. So after a quick flip of the latch component, I reassembled the lock and it was ready to go.

I performed the epoxy door repairs with some Abatron Liquid Wood and Wood Epox that I had on hand from past projects.  After a couple days of curing time, I was able to securely screw the lock body to the door to finish the installation.

New lock installed

Disclosure:  I was one of five bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program and my DIY project as well as my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one } November 4, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Hey Josh,

I know what you mean by having a DIY store local. I had two in my town (one burned down last year – so only one now). But, I also hate having to travel to the bigger store and trying to find parking and then trying to find what you need. Ah I must be getting grumpy in my old age…lol

All the best with your site and project I do drop by for a look sometimes to see how things are going.



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